It could be the anniversary of the commencement of World War I that has highlighted this to me but I've recently noticed lots of statues around our cities. I've also noticed that they are often war related and usually males.
This got me thinking about the importance of recognising people who go beyond the call of duty, who put themselves out there to protect or support others and to show great courage. These people deserve to be noticed and remembered and statues seem like a good way to do it. Statues are visible, provide an opportunity for us to pause and reflect and last for a long time.
What I really got to think about though was the people who are invisible when it comes to statues. These could be people whose courage or efforts to care for others are less public, less obvious to others. I'm thinking about women who care for families and their communities. I'm thinking about those community members who are reliable and present and don't seek recognition. Some prefer not to be noticed and just want to go about their business quietly. These could be the backbone of volunteer organisations or those people who volunteer in schools or do the meals on wheels for people stuck at home.
These people might not be in a war but they do show courage and commitment to others in significant ways. They are there for people when others might not be. They show they care and put their own needs second to the needs and wishes of others. Perhaps it's time these people had some statues too. They must might not want one though.